Felony Disenfranchisement: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Published on:  9/9/2018
  • Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, and the worst state for this — surprise — is Florida.Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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  • OtakuOran Gaming
    OtakuOran Gaming 11 months ago+1456

    Is it not weird to anybody else that a Governor is responsible for deciding who can and cannot vote, especially when that decision is based on his own personal opinion.

  • huber7777
    huber7777 9 months ago+621

    Good news everybody, Florida passed the amendment and 1.4 million felons can now vote again!

  • A Carbon-Based Lifeform
    A Carbon-Based Lifeform 9 months ago+945

    The amendment just got passed

  • jv7x
    jv7x 9 months ago+227

    This story has a happy ending! It passed! 64% Way to go Florida!

  • HaleyHalcyon - Gaming Channel

    “you go to church?”
    👏SEPARATION 👏OF 👏CHURCH 👏AND 👏STATE

  • randomperson8571
    randomperson8571 11 months ago+1103

    "Uh so why won't you allow me to vote even though I'm doing everything right?" "lol i just dun feel like it" the epitome of apathy and selfishness in American politics

  • Casimir Guitars
    Casimir Guitars 11 months ago+706

    I find it braindead that to legally gain your voting rights back you have to appear before a board that does not work with the legal system.

  • monsterfurby
    monsterfurby 11 months ago+1024

    German prisons actively encourage and enable people to vote (only way to get disenfranchised is treason and electoral fraud, apparently, and those sanctions are always time-limited). In my opinion, that's the right way to go about it. Voting gives people a stake in the society they live in. It makes them consider the kind of country they want to see. And being at the mercy of the state to a particularly high degree makes it even more important for those imprisoned to be able to vote.

  • Ashley Allensworth
    Ashley Allensworth 9 months ago+42

    WE DID IT! FLORIDA DID IT! 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE IN FLORIDA CAN VOTE AGAIN! GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!

  • kefkapalazzo1
    kefkapalazzo1 11 months ago+108

    I bet all those Florida stories happened in two days

  • CasualVader
    CasualVader 11 months ago+569

    This panel sounds super illegal to me.

  • Battle5star
    Battle5star 11 months ago+551

    Just because some is a convicted felon doesn't necessarily make them a criminal. My dad refused the draft for Vietnam as a conscientious objector and had to go to prison. So now he is a convicted felon and can't vote even if he wanted to. Human governments are inept, cruel, and untrustworthy.

  • millieo
    millieo 11 months ago+203

    I wonder what color skin gets the most restoration of civil rights.

  • CraniumAmbiguity
    CraniumAmbiguity 11 months ago+197

    A friend of mine at work told me he couldn't vote cus he went to prison. I didn't know that was something that could be taken away because it would say that he is a second class citizen. Someone once said, in the comments of a previous episode, that America likes to talk about second chances but doesn't actually believe in them. And I can't help but see this as true.

  • Ned Thumberland
    Ned Thumberland 11 months ago+156

    A party that truly believes in democracy would never try to make it more and more difficult for citizens to participate in the political process of electing public officials or passing a law/amendment/referendum.

  • NerdyHippy
    NerdyHippy 11 months ago+660

    "Do you go to church?" Seriously? If that's illegal to ask that at a job interview, it should be just as illegal in that situation.

  • D.E. Sarcarean
    D.E. Sarcarean 10 months ago+71

    When you allow a government to take away someones "right", neither you nor them will have "rights", as you have allowed your government to change the legal definition of a "right" to a "privilege".

  • tirsden
    tirsden 11 months ago+319

    "Do you go to church?" No, I have morals.

  • Pamela Cass
    Pamela Cass 11 months ago+135

    Taxation without representation...didn't people fight another country to get rights?

  • JadedPandaGirl
    JadedPandaGirl 11 months ago+135

    Every time I think politics in Greece are a mess, I look at America and realize that it's easy to feel like we're doing democracy right when America sets the bar so goddamn low.